The Wangetti Trail is several giant steps closer to becoming a reality, Douglas Shire Council Mayor, Julia Leu, said today.
Council has approved the Wangetti Trail interim feasibility report and agreed to join Cairns Regional Council in a project working group to get the Trail underway.
“The iconic mountain bike and hiking trail will stretch from Port Douglas to Palm Cove, a distance of 76km, with additional links of 18km, providing walkers and mountain bike riders with a true bushland and ocean experience,” Mayor Leu said.
“The Trail will showcase the beauty of the Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage areas and has the potential to become one of the iconic walks of Australia.
“The Trail can be built in 24 months, depending on the construction model, at a cost of around $21m. Both Douglas and Cairns Councils are actively seeking the funding to complete the detailed design and develop the management model for the Trail. It will create 74 ongoing additional jobs in the region.
“It will be a terrific drawcard for the region and is expected to attract nearly 30,000 walkers and cyclists each year.
“The progress of the project will depend on the ability to attract appropriate funding,” Mayor Leu said.
To view the trail concept plan, click here.